You’re expecting, congrats! While it’s common to accept morning sickness, bouts of hormones that make you cry or laugh randomly, craving pickles with whipped cream, enduring the pains of labor that feel SO good (yeah, right.), and those sleepless newborn nights, there are just some things that no one warns you about!
1. Morning Sickness After Birth
Most all women have some sort of encounter with “morning” sickness, that is, morning sickness, brunch sickness, noon sickness, 2 o’clock sickness, night sickness, and no reason at all sickness. (great fun!) After nine or more months of sickness, giving birth should bring the reward of a normal you, right? Well actually, even after you’ve pushed out that little bundle it takes some time to get all those lovely hormones out of your system. Which for you means that the sickness caused by those pregnancy hormones may not completely subside until your body regulates back to its normal hormone levels.
Oh hemorrhoids! These pesky things are caused by increased blood flow and pressure of the veins in the rectal area… so a varicose vein in your bum. During pregnancy there is a great increase in blood flow to your “lady bits” and also the pressure of a baby, uterus, placenta, and fluid so don’t be surprised if you start to develop hemorrhoids; especially if you already have the awesome pregnancy symptom of constipation. Some women are lucky enough to escape the dreaded side effect but are surprised to find that the strain of giving birth causes hemorrhoids to appear- with a vengeance! They may last for a week or for the rest of your days, giving one more annoying obstacle of postpartum recovery.
It makes sense that during pregnancy you may sweat a little more from carrying around that bowling ball of a baby. But did you know that for many women your once not smelly sweat turns into a stench a lumberjack would cringe at?! There’s just something about giving birth that causes your crazy hormones to make you sweat more and smell not so great. It’s believed that breastfeeding adds to the odor because of the hormones released. And not to mention the lovely after birth discharge your body gets rid of, called lochia. It can have a strong unpleasant smell and make you feel dirty and just plain gross. After knowing that, who wouldn’t want to have a baby?
Even after all of the pains, aches, and frustration of pregnancy and birth, there is absolutely nothing more amazing than holding your precious creation for the first time and knowing you really are Super Woman- you gave birth, you can do anything!